Lincoln debuts Frankenstein new Continental

Lincoln surprised the motoring world today by showing off the new Continental. The first surprise is that, after years of producing bland-to-ugly cars (the MKT has forever seared itself into my retinas…) the concept is genuinely good looking, even if those with good memories will probably remain cool, seeing as the gorgeous 2002 Continental Concept paved the way for some unremarkable production cars.

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But the bigger surprise comes as you realize how Lincoln arrived at the new concept’s design, splicing design elements from other cars in a manner that Dr Frankenstein would be proud of.

It only takes one look at the side profile to spot a remarkable resemblance between this car and the latest Bentley Flying Spur, complete with a slightly FWD look due to the long front overhang, fake vents aft of the front wheels starting a character line, and that kick-up over the rear wheel-arches.

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The rear, on the other hand, seems to be taken almost wholesale from the Audi Prologue.
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The front, finally, really seems like a mash-up of the current Chrysler 300 with a more Jaguar-esque grille.

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Sure, I understand that if you don’t have any interesting to say you might as well try to copy others who say more interesting things, but this is verging on a Chinese-style copy…

  1. Goodness. That really is styling by commitee. Ford spent huge money on getting Gerry McGovern to do a series of astonishing concept designs in the early 00s and all of it ended on the cutting room floor. In its place has been mediocrities like this. One can only wonder why.

  2. I think it’s actually the best looking Lincoln sedan for a long, long while. Sure, if you put the pictures side-by-side it may not look very original, but I really like the “mobster” look.
    Remember, this is only a concept car, but if the final design even remotely resembles something this ballsy, Lincoln is surely on the way back.
    We Europeans won’t buy it (and won’t get it either), but the Americans and especially Chinese will go crazy for it.

  3. Richard, apparently you’re not the only one who disagrees with me, on other blogs and forums the general opinion is not very kind towards the Continental….

    @Kriss: haha, I heard about that one. I guess Lincoln could take it as a compliment as well, and they’re giving Lincoln some great free publicity this way. There’s a saying in Dutch which I’m not sure is also used in the English language, roughly translated it means: It’s better to make a great copy than to make a poorly executed original.

  4. Well I think it’s great. The front looks much nicer than the Jag or Chrysler and manages to be kinda butch without being aggressive like so many cars today. The rear is a bit like the Audi but there’s a also a bit of Volvo with the sculpted kick to the high boot lid, though maybe it’s the colour. And from the side, yes similar to the Bentley, but it’s the thick C pillar stands out and that’s an essential feature for a limo these days.

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